Four Most Powerful Women In Africa

Here is a list of the four most powerful women in Africa and a brief details about them.

Number 1, in Africa and Number 48 on Forbes list Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Minister of Finance, Nigeria
Age: 60 Residence: Abuja, Nigeria
Citizenship: Nigeria Marital
Status: Married Children: 4
Education : Bachelor of Arts / Science, Harvard
University; Doctorate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the minister of finance for Nigeria is credited with developing reform programs that helped improve governmental transparency and stabilizing the economy. Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman to be the finance minister and the foreign minister of the West African country with a GDP of $502 billion. The Harvard- and M.I.T.-trained Okonjo-Iweala spent 21 years as a development economist at the World Bank.

Number 2, in Africa and Number 87 on forbes list Folorunsho Alakija
Real Time Net Worth As of 5/29/15 $2.1 Billion
Age 64
Source Of Wealth: Oil, Self Made
Residence: Lagos, Nigeria Citizenship: Nigeria
Marital Status: Married Children: 4


The richest self-made woman in Africa and one of just two female billionaires on the continent. Folorunsho Alakija’s first company was an upscale fashion label that catered to Nigeria’s elite, including the wife of the former military president, Ibrahim Babangida. This connection paid off: the president later gave Alakija’s company a prospecting license for one of the most lucrative oil fields in Nigeria. The drop in oil prices has dented the fortune of Alakija, one of just two women billionaires in Africa. { among the Most Powerful Women In Africa }

Number 3 in Africa and Number 96 on forbes list Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President, Liberia
Age 76 Residence Monrovia, Liberia.
Citizenship: Liberia
Marital Status: Divorced
Children: 4
Education: Master, Harvard University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Madison Business College.

The devastating Ebola outbreak that ravaged West Africa has made the last year one of the most trying of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s nine as president. More than 10,000 Liberians were infected and 4,500 died more than any other nation. Against all odds Liberia turned the situation around, achieving its goal of zero cases by April and becoming the first nation to wipe out the disease a year after recording its first case.

4. Isabel Dos Santos
Current Richest Woman in Africa
Though not on the list as the time of the last release of Forbes richest women in the world , we strongly believe the richest women in Africa and daughter of the Angola president Jose Eduado Dos Santos will be in the next and automatically among the list of the most powerful women in Africa


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